Re/Imagining Depression

Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad”

Editors: Hollenbach, Julie, McDonald, Robin Alex (Eds.)

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  • Seeks to locate depression in the affective and poetic spaces of art, film, critical theory, literature, politics, and the ‘everyday’Generates new paradigms for thinking about and through depression’s diverse spatialities, temporalities, embodiments, rituals, and affects.
  • Looks at how depression is felt differently depending on how an individual is positioned politically, socially, culturally, and economically
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What is depression? An “imagined sun, bright and black at the same time?” A “noonday demon?” In literature, poetry, comics, visual art, and film, we witness new conceptualizations of depression come into being. Unburdened by diagnostic criteria and pharmaceutical politics, these media employ imagery, narrative, symbolism, and metaphor to forge imaginative, exploratory, and innovative representations of a range of experiences that might get called “depression.” Texts such as Julia Kristeva’s Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia (1989), Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon (2000), Allie Brosh’s cartoons, “Adventures in Depression” (2011) and “Depression Part Two” (2013), and Lars von Trier’s film Melancholia (2011) each offer portraits of depression that deviate from, or altogether reject, the dominant language of depression that has been articulated by and within psychiatry. Most recently, Ann Cvetkovich’s Depression: A Public Feeling (2012) has answered the author’s own call for a multiplication of discourses on depression by positing crafting as one possible method of working through depression-as-“impasse.”

Inspired by Cvetkovich’s efforts to re-shape the depressive experience itself and the critical ways in which we communicate this experience to others, Re/Imagining Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” harnesses critical theory, gender studies, critical race theory, affect theory, visual art, performance, film, television, poetry, literature, comics, and other media to generate new paradigms for thinking about the depressive experience. Through a combination of academic essays, prose, poetry, and interviews, this anthology aims to destabilize the idea of the mental health “expert” to instead demonstrate the diversity of affects, embodiments, rituals and behaviors that are often collapsed under the singular rubric of “depression.”

About the authors

Julie Hollenbach (NSCAD University, Canada) is a material culture scholar, independent curator, and arts writer whose work addresses contemporary and historic queer and feminine everyday domestic creative cultures using a queer femininist, critical race, and decolonial methodology.

 

Robin Alex McDonald (Nipissing University / OCAD University, Canada) is an academic, independent curator, and arts writer whose research spans queer and trans contemporary art, art and social justice, museum studies and alternative curatorial methodologies, affect theory; madness and disability studies, and theories of love, collectivity, and “the social.”


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Re/Imagining Depression
Book Subtitle
Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad”
Editors
  • Julie Hollenbach
  • Robin Alex McDonald
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-80554-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-80554-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-80553-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 219
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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